What you need to know about Ash Wednesday + Mass Schedules in OC

As a Latina, Dia de Ceniza, or Ash Wednesday, always reminds me as the time of the year where all of the fast food restaurants would start promoting their fish fillet sandwiches. Growing up, I never understood why people would go to church and get a cross mark on their forehead. I would only remember seeing crowds of people everywhere with a funny little smudge on their forehead. Little did I know what an important holy day it really is and the symbolism of the ashes. Now as a mami of tres chiquillos and as a practicing Catholic, I want to teach my children the importance of this Holy Day. It’s not only a Latino tradition, but it’s the day the marks our spiritual journey for a beautiful re-birth with Christ on Easter Sunday.

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What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is a holy day that falls the day after Mardi Gras. This holy day marks the start of one of the most important liturgical seasons for Catholics known as Lent which leads to the greatest Holy Day of the year, Easter. Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, which is the resurrection of Christ. Ash Wednesday is also observed by many other Western Christians, such as Lutherans, Anglicans, Methodists, and Presbyterians.

What is Lent?

Lent is mostly known for “giving up” favorite foods, or detaching yourself from worldly pleasures; but it goes beyond giving up chocolate, cookies, or meat. It is a time for sacrifice, prayer, and fasting. It is a time to renew our baptismal promises by sacrificing and focusing on a deeper spiritual relationship with God. A time to prepare for ourselves for a rebirth with Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. During Lent, prayer and fasting is practiced by Catholics to imitate when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days. During Lent, the church calls us to pray and seek God’s mercy like the “Prodigal Son”.

Why do people fast?

Catholics are required to fast on this holy day and Good Friday. Fasting is usually to abstain from eating for 24 hours, but those who need to eat can eat two small meals that make up one full meal. As well as abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. This is an act of spiritual discipline that helps your relationship with God to grow by sacrificing a little bit of yourself for Him.  Another way to fasting during lent is to abstain yourself from certain things that distract you from your relationship with God like social media, music, novelas, or whatever you feel is a distraction.

Sabias que “Mardi Gras”, Fat Tuesday, actually starts on Dia de Los Reyes Magos? Mardi Gras is a carnival of events that start on January 6th through midnight of Ash Wednesday. The last day before Ash Wednesday is Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. People feast on this day before Lent to indulge in the things that they have to give up for Lent.

How is Ash Wednesday celebrated?

On Ash Wednesday every Roman Catholic church has scheduled times, where the ashes are distributed by the Priest. The ashes can either be distributed after a scheduled mass, or an ash distribution service. When you go get your ash, the Priest places the ash on your forehead. When the person goes up to receive the ash on the forehead, the Priest applies ashes on the forehead as a sign of the cross, and says “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” You are allowed to wash off the ashes, but most people keep them as a sign of devotion.

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Who can receive ashes?

Anyone can receive the ashes not just Catholics. Those who are excommunicated or non-Christians can go in an receive ashes. It is not a sacrament of the church, it is an open sign of devotion to God.

Where do the ashes come from?

The ashes used during Ash Wednesday come from the prior year’s blessed palms from Palm Sunday. After the palms are burned, the ashes are blessed with holy water and incense.

What does the ash symbolize?

Since ancient times, ashes were used to symbolize grief. When someone was suffering, they would sprinkle ashes on their head as an expression of their grief. That is why during Ash Wednesday, the use of ashes is a symbol of our grief that we are sinners and that is why Christ died on the cross for us. Yet, it also symbolizes how God  is so gracious and merciful to those who repent and seek his love and mercy. It also represents the dust which God made us.

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Ash Wednesday Mass Schedules 2017 in Orange County

Ash Wednesday falls on March 1st in 2017. Following are the mass schedules for a few churches located in Orange County.

St. Justin Martyr Parish

2050 W. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 774-2595

6:30 a.m. – English
8:30 a.m. – English
12:00 p.m. – Spanish
5:00 p.m.-  English
6:00 – p.m. Spanish
Every half an hour in the church and hall.

St. Norbert Catholic Church

300 E Taft Ave
Orange, CA 92865
(714) 637-4360

6:15 a.m. – English
8:30 a.m. – English
5:30 p.m. – Bilingual
7:00 p.m. – Spanish

St. Anne Church

1344 S Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 835-7434

8:30 a.m. – English
12:30 p.m. – English
4:00 p.m. – Spanish
Ash services will continue from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. every half hour inside the Church and Campbell Center. The last service will be at 7:30 p.m.

Christ Cathedral

13280 Chapman Ave
Garden Grove, CA 92840

6:30 a.m. – Vietnamese (Arboretum)
8 a.m. – Spanish (Large Gallery)
8:15 a.m. – English (Arboretum)
12:10 p.m. – Vietnamese (Arboretum)
4 p.m. – Vietnamese (Arboretum)
5:30 p.m. – English (Arboretum)
5:45 p.m. – Vietnamese (Large Gallery)
7 p.m. – Spanish (Arboretum)
7:15 p.m. – Spanish (Large Gallery)

St. Cecilia Catholic Church

1301 Sycamore Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 544-3250

6:30 a.m. – English
8:15 a.m. – English
10:00 a.m. – English
12:10 p.m. – English
5:30 p.m. – English
7:30 p.m. – Spanish

St. Justin Martyr Parish

2050 W. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 774-2595

6:30 a.m. – English
8:30 a.m. – English
12:00 p.m. – Spanish
5:00 p.m.-  English
6:00 – p.m. Spanish
Every half an hour in the church and hall.

Holy Family Cathedral

566 South Glassell Street
Orange, CA 92866
(714) 639-2900

6:45 a.m. – English
8:15 a.m. – English
10:00 a.m. – English
12:10 p.m.-  English
5:30 p.m. – English
7:30p.m. – Spanish

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

1015 Baker Steet
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 540-2214

6:30 a.m. – English
8:30 a.m. – English
5:30 p.m. – English
7:00 p.m. – Vietnamese
8:30 p.m. – Spanish

Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano

31520 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-1360

7:00 a.m. – English
8:30 a.m. – English
12:00 p.m. – English
5:30 p.m. – English
7:00 p.m. – Spanish

St. Thomas More Catholic Church

51 Marketplace
Irvine, CA 92602
(949) 551-8601

8:00 a.m. – English
3:30 p.m. – Children’s Mass in English
5:00 p.m. – English
7:00 p.m. – English

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church

19767 Yorba Linda Blvd.
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

6:30 a.m. – English
8:00 a.m. – English
12:00 p.m. – English
5:00 p.m. – English
6:30 p.m.- English

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

1100 S. Center Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704

5:30 a.m. – Spanish
7:00 a.m. – Spanish
8:30 a.m. – English
10:00 a.m. – Spanish
11:00 a.m.- Spanish
12:00 p.m.- Spanish
2:00 p.m. – Spanish
3:00 p.m.-Spanish
4:00 p.m.- Spanish
4:30 p.m.- Spanish
5:00 p.m.-Vietnamese
6:30 p.m.- Spanish
7:00 p.m.- Spanish
7:30 p.m. – Spanish
8:00 p.m.- Spanish
8:30 p.m.- Spanish
9:00 p.m.- Spanish

 

 

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